I am very excited to share with you the news about this substantial new program, developed with support from Gibney Dance and funding from the Bay & Paul Foundations. The Body Politic Intensive Summer Laboratory will launch this July bringing together a multi-faceted array of movement experiences, activist trainings, and dialogues, with the goal of building networks and evolving new strategies for social change. With this program, I hope to catalyze exploration and innovation around what both artmaking and activism can become.
The Body Politic intensive grows out of conversations, observations, demand from movement artists, my "Body Politic, Somatic Selves" movement workshops at Gibney, and the "Fierce Urgency of Now" toolbox workshops I curated after the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. I am proud to be bringing this idea into reality, and honored to be joined by so many fabulous co-facilitators including Artist-Activist Mentors Modesto Flako Jimenez (Oye Group), David King (The Seven Collective), Paloma McGregor (Angela's Pulse), iele paloumpis, Joya Powell (Movement of the People Dance Company), and Charmaine Warren; activists such as Vince Warren of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Simi Linton of Disability/Arts/NYC Task Force, Carl Charles of Lambda Legal, trainers from the Center for Anti-Violence Education; community organizers and civic engagement practitioners Anderson Fils-Aime and Elana Shneyer; and many others. Read more here and sign up for a live info session on Monday.
For those applicants selected, tuition will be paid (thanks to a generous grant from the Bay & Paul Foundations) and they will receive a small artist-activist stipend. Check out the online application here.
WHAT is the Body Politic Intensive Summer Laboratory?
This is an intensive laboratory and learning community for people who want to forge connections between their somatic selves and social change. Many of us find that our artmaking or physical practices lie separate from our concerns about what is happening in the world. Body Politic brings those things together. This amalgam of movement workshops, activist teach-ins, cohort dialogues, how-to sessions, and independent projects addresses that separation and seeks to unite the thinking body, the moving body, and the activist body in one learning experience. It is a place to think physically, connect with colleagues and collaborators, and together interrogate the question: how do I become the change I want to see while keeping my body at the forefront of my practice?
WHO is it for?
Dancers, dance makers, movement artists, theater artists, social practice artists, musicians, other artists with an interest in embodied practices, activists, and emerging activists. Emphasis is made in the selection process to create a community diverse in gender, race, sexual orientation, age, economic status and disability status.
WHEN is it?
has two options for participants: The Month-Long Laboratory and the Extended Play version. Both options meet JULY 9-AUG 4 (Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm). The Extended Play version continues in a different form through November 2018. More info here.
WHAT does it include?
- Movement workshops: Daily movement explorations based on Jill Sigman's "Body Politic, Somatic Selves" workshops at Gibney, and guest workshops with Artist-Activist Mentors who share their own techniques and methods.
- Teach-Ins: "What-you-need-to-know" sessions by activists and organizers on current issues such as the Movement for Black Lives, Islamophobia, gender justice, immigrant rights, disability, and climate change.
- How To Do Stuff: Concrete sessions on topics such as community organizing, local political systems, how to affect legislation, how to talk with elected officials, upstander training, interfacing with people of different views, and how to articulate your own responses and gain confidence in public dialogue.
- Direct Actions: Optional political events/actions to join as a group.
- Idea Incubation: Participants will germinate an idea for a new independent project of their own design that takes their concerns into action.
I hope you'll help me spread the word to others about this exciting opportunity!
Check out the online info and application here! And join us for a live info session at Gibney 280 (53A Chambers Street, NY NY) this Monday from 5-6pm. RSVP here.
With best wishes for spring and hope to have your involvement in this new program.
Artistic Director, jill sigman/thinkdance